We need healthy foods in order to enjoy a healthy life and keep ourselves fit. It can be frustrating to stick to a healthy diet when factors like cost and kids enter into the equation. The situation is even worse if one is a student. However it is not so hard to follow healthy eating habits in spite of the escalating food prices if one bears in mind certain factors.
Nutritious Foods To Choose For
Buying cheaper and more nutritious whole foods is one of the foremost options. One can buy frozen chicken, cottage cheese, eggs, yogurt, milk etc for proteins, rice, oats, pasta, beans, apples, bananas etc for carbohydrates and oil, butter, ghee and nuts for fats. Also store brands and raw (loose) items are cheaper than branded items.
Things like “nutri-grain” crackers and “vitamin-enriched” treats are no better than candy, so one can steer clear of them and opt for carrot sticks, apple slices and celery instead. An entire bag of fresh apples costs less than a single box of crackers and is definitely healthier as well. One can try to switch from boxed snacks to fruits and vegetables.
During ongoing sale, food items like rice, flour, lentils and oil can be bought in bulk. One can prefer buying properly frozen fruits and vegetables as frozen items contain more nutrients than the fresh ones, are offered at a price half that of the fresh items and also save time as frozen foods are pre -washed and pre-cut.
Get Rid Of Junk Foods
Soda, fizz drinks and canned juice must be eliminated as they are expensive and unhealthy. Juices that demand to be 100% real are the most expensive of all and are just laden with sugar due to which drinking plain water is the healthiest option. Still if there is an exception, choose reduced-sugar or sugar-free drinks and large size containers as the single serving packages are costly.
As most of the processed snacks are expensive and unhealthy, self cooked snacks are preferable. Fruits are an excellent snack. When cooking a big healthy meal one can freeze the extra food and later use it as quick lunch, a heavy snack or even a brunch. Beans and lentils make nutritious soups, and can be a main course with the addition of fresh vegetables or rice.
Brown Rice though expensive can be eaten with side dishes due to its high nutritional value. Choose whole wheat pasta and pair it with veggies, meat, or fresh salad. Healthy soups with vegetables, meat teamed with own herbs and spices is also an option. Seasonal vegetables are good for stir fries. Condiments as per one’s own taste and choices can be refrigerated for multiple uses.
Limit your dining out, especially when it comes to fast food, since you will find yourself spending unnecessarily on items that are high in fat, salt, and calories. You may utilize the shopping cards to redeem points for cash, make a list of “things needed” before shopping and stick to it. There is no magic formula to a healthy diet on budget and all that it needs is a little planning and creativity at the end of which the reward is worth the effort.